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10 Places People Hate to Wait in Lines:

Last updated: March 11, 2014Perry Kuklin

Today’s world thrives on instant gratification. Waiting for anything seems to cause anxiety, frustration, and unnecessary stress in our lives. We want what we want and we want it now. However, even with today’s technology, waiting lines cannot be thoroughly avoided. We must endure them to get what we need or want, but we can all agree that some places are just worse places to wait in line than others.

Take a look at this list of 10 of the places people most hate to get stuck waiting in line:

1. Movie Theaters

Waiting in line at movie theaters

It is amazing how the anxiety builds until your bottom is firmly in your seat ready for the first preview.  

2. Concession Stands at Events

Waiting at concession stand lines

There’s nothing worse than missing a potential turning point in a game or that one special song at a concert when your child needs a snack or you just couldn’t wait for that second beer.  

3. Theme Parks

Waiting in theme park lines

You decide to dive head first into that 45 minute wait, knowing what you are getting into, but somehow nerves still set in before you’re even halfway through the expected wait time.  

4. Grocery Stores

Waiting in grocery checkout lines

Choosing the “right” checkout line is like a game of chess where the grocery store holds you in checkmate.  

5. Retail Stores

Waiting in line at retail stores

From customer service to the dressing room and checkout, these lines may be necessary but they’re really just getting in the way of a good shopping spree!  

6. Hospitals

Hospital waiting rooms

Even if you walked in feeling okay, you will probably leave with a headache after waiting in this line.  

7. The DMV

Waiting in line at the DMV

Customers and employees alike appear defeated. And it always feels like there’ll be no consolation in sight.  

8. Restrooms

Waiting in line to use restrooms

When you have to go, you have to go.  

9. Airport Security Checkpoint

Waiting in airport security lines

Luggage and shoes and laptops, oh my!  

10. Pharmacies

Waiting in pharmacy waiting lines

It’s bad enough you need a prescription, let alone having to endure a long wait.   Waiting lines are inevitable in many situations, but even the businesses involved in these waiting lines can take measures to improve the experience for their customers.

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